Today in Cairo, some newborn baby girls will sport blue ribbon pins that look like the Arabic word “no”—showing that their parents are saying no to female genital mutilation, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.  

In the Dominican Republic, where abortion is illegal, Human Rights Watch collected stories to illustrate the impact of the country’s no-exceptions ban on abortion: A pregnant 11-year-old girl, raped by her stepfather, with no choice but referral to prenatal care. A 16-year-…

All the elements are in play for this to be a banner era for sex—so why is America experiencing a “sex recession”?   The percentage of high schoolers who’d had sexual intercourse dropped from 54-40% between 1991 and 2017, according to CDC numbers. And they may not catch up…

Improving access to healthcare for women in India’s “cultural sex work” communities is a fundamental first step to removing their systematic oppression, writes physician Abraar Karan. In this intergenerational form of sex work, prostitution is forced on girls as a family…

Misuse of condoms is hobbling efforts to prevent the spread of HIV in Uganda, according to Uganda AIDS Commission chairman Vinand Nantulya.

In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers in Paris have found evidence pointing to the possibility of Zika transmission from oral sex—or maybe even “deep kissing.” A previously healthy 24-year-old woman presented in February with typical Zika symptoms…

In a forceful Washington Post op-ed, former US President Jimmy Carter rejects the idea that legalizing and regulating prostitution empowers women. Calling prostitution the “oldest oppression”—rather than “profession”—Carter argues that the normalization of prostitution…

The $1.4 billion spent by the US advocating abstinence to prevent AIDS in Africa largely failed. A study by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers published in Health Affairs

If you haven’t heard much about family planning and sex in North Korea, well, neither have many North Koreans. Ji-Min Kang, who defected to South Korea, describes growing up in a “black hole” of information: zero sex education. “Sex is a form of hedonism that people aren’t…

Turning to the Internet to treat sexually transmitted infections may spare embarrassment, but online treatments are often sub-optimal or incorrect and contribute to antibiotic resistance. For example, effective treatment for gonorrhea—which affects 30,000 people in the UK—…